Aquantia and AptoVision Unveil First Software-Defined Video over Ethernet (SDVoE) Solution for Pro-AV Market utilizing Aquantia’s FPGA Programmable PHY

Aquantia Corp., a pioneer and market leader in high-speed Ethernet connectivity solutions for data centers, enterprise infrastructure and client connectivity has partnered with AptoVision, the pioneer in video over Ethernet technology to announce the industry’s first fully integrated single-chip solution for implementing Software-Defined Video over Ethernet on 10GBASE-T infrastructure.

The combination of Aquantia’s AQcite FPGA-programmable Multi-Gigabit Ethernet PHY with AptoVision’s BlueRiver technology represents an industry milestone by providing the most power-, size-, and cost-efficient implementation of the new SDVoE standard, to leverage the ubiquity of Ethernet. The new solution will be on display at ISE 2017 (Amsterdam, February 7-10) in the SDVoE Alliance stand 12-H55.

Aquantia recently announced the AQcite product line, and specifically the AQLX107, the industry’s first FPGA-programmable multi-gigabit Ethernet PHY device targeting a vast range of applications such as Audio-Visual (AV) over Ethernet, machine vision, data center, enterprise, 5G wireless, industrial, metro environments and more. AQLX107 integrates a programmable FPGA processing fabric with a 10GBASE-T PHY, to create a single-chip hardware platform. Combined with AptoVision’s BlueRiver technology, the AQLX107 can be used to transmit true 4K60 video across off-the-shelf 10G Ethernet networks and standard category cable with zero frame latency. Audio and video processing, including upscaling, downscaling, and multi-image compositing are all realizable on the SDVoE hardware and software platform made possible by the AQLX107. This feature set enables applications across the complete spectrum of AV signal management. The solution offers uncompressed 4K streaming over standard Ethernet switches and unique support for HDMI 2.0a and HDR content.

“By deploying the combination of Aquantia’s AQcite FPGA-Programmable multi-gigabit Ethernet PHY with AptoVision’s BlueRiver NT+ offering, our customers enjoy the benefit of a power and cost optimized solution while leveraging the large ecosystem of Ethernet networking equipment to scale their pro-AV architecture,” said Amir Bar-Niv, VP Marketing at Aquantia. “We’re excited to drive SDVoE into the market together with AptoVision and the other partners of the alliance with our unique single-chip solution.”

“Aquantia’s presence as a founding member of the SDVoE alliance speaks volumes about the diverse ecosystem of member companies in the alliance,” said Kamran Ahmed, AptoVision CEO. “With built-in compatibility for SDVoE technology, the AQcite chip delivers a compelling new type of platform upon which SDVoE applications can operate.”

The Most Cost-Effective 10GBASE-T Implementation of the SDVoE Specification

  • A full stack solution, from the physical infrastructure to the SDVoE API
    • IEEE 802.3an/bz and NBASE-T compliant featuring AQrate Adaptive Rate Operation
    • Robust Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) performance designed for resilient operation when exposed to RFI/EMI
    • A comprehensive API that provides a simple interface to control complex tasks like video routing, scaling, aspect ratio management, video wall processing, image compositing, audio downmixing, and much more.
  • End-to-end transport latency under 100 microseconds (under 1/150th of a video frame)
  • Fully uncompressed transmission for all HD and 4K30 signals
  • Artifact-free transmission of true 4K60 (4:4:4), indistinguishable from original source
  • Multi-channel audio transmission and independent audio routing
  • RS-232 and infrared control
  • 1 Gbps embedded Ethernet for compressed video, USB, or other data
  • Broadcast-quality upscaling and downscaling with aspect ratio management and frame rate conversion
  • Display wall processing with bezel compensation and microsecond synchronization
  • Multi-image compositing and display
  • Multichannel audio downmixing to stereo

Debut at Integrated Systems Europe 2017

Free training sessions on deploying zero-latency AV-over-IP systems using SDVoE technology will be held Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 12:30, 14:00 or 16:30 in room F002. All AV system integrators, designers, consultants, installers and manufacturers are invited to register to attend at


Aquantia’s AQLX107 is currently sampling. Production release is scheduled for April 2017. Please contact Aquantia at [email protected]for further information including Aquantia’s AQLX107 development board.